Teen ‘lunged’ with knife dur­ing brawl

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ATEENAGER lunged at a man with a six inch knife dur­ing a brawl out­side a pub.

The 17-year-old from Macclesfield, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, came within 10cm of con­nect­ing to the vic­tim’s stom­ach dur­ing the fight out­side the Puss in Boots pub.

The al­ter­ca­tion started when the teenager along with Dy­lan But­ler, 18, and James Moore, 18, got into a ver­bal ar­gu­ment with some men out­side the Bux­ton Road venue as they walked past.

Dur­ing the row But­ler punched the com­plainant Andy An­der­son be­fore the 17-year-old pulled a sheath knife from a black bag and thrust it to­wards another of the men, the court heard.

But­ler then took hold of the knife and the trio left the scene be­fore be­ing ar­rested by po­lice.

At Macclesfield mag­is­trates’ court, But­ler, of Bryn­more Drive, Macclesfield, ad­mit­ted us­ing threat­en­ing be­hav­iour and pos­ses­sion of a knife; Moore, of Gar­den Street, Macclesfield, ad­mit­ted us­ing threat­en­ing be­hav­iour and pos­ses­sion of cannabis; and the 17-yearold ad­mit­ted us­ing threat­en­ing be­hav­iour, pos­ses­sion of a knife, and pos­ses­sion of both co­caine and MDMA.

Si­mon Pover, pros­e­cut­ing, said the fight took place at 11pm one night ear­lier this year.

He said: “An­drew An­der­son said he was punched to the face three times by But­ler. Mr Armet, a friend of Mr An­der­son, went out to see what had hap­pened and saw the male try and punch Mr An­der­son again. He then saw another male pull out a knife, de­scribed as six inches long, from a man bag and lunge to­wards him. It stopped 10cm be­fore his stom­ach. He took a step back and his girl­friend pulled him away. Af­ter they were ar­rested Moore told po­lice that some guy got in his face out­side the pub.”

Rob Mous­salli, de­fend­ing the 17-year-old, said: “He pro­duced the knife to de­ter the at­tack. He wasn’t plan­ning to use it.”

Peter Cas­son, de­fend­ing But­ler, said: “He was walk- ing ahead of [the oth­ers] and went back to help. He held the knife by his hip for a minute.”

Anne Lud­low, de­fend­ing Moore, said: “He had a promis­ing foot­ball career with Rochdale FC but had to stop through in­jury. He started us­ing cannabis to cope. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

But­ler was sen­tenced to 60 hours un­paid work, Moore to a four month re­fer­ral or­der and the 17-year-old a 12 month re­fer­ral or­der.

●● James Moore, 18, of Gar­den Street

●● Dy­lan But­ler, 18, of Bryn­more Drive

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